Though we walked around Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center three times while no one working the door seemed to know where our press passes were, once we were inside Imagine Dragons performed a show that outdid all the concerts we have seen there before.
With three chart-topping singles in the past year, Imagine Dragons has quickly gone from being a little known band from the West Coast, to headlining one of New York City’s most famous venues. They were quick to point this out to their fans as well, and cheers reverberated against Barclay’s massive stone walls.
If you haven’t heard of Imagine Dragons (where have you been the past year?) but you listen to the radio, you have definitely heard at least one of their songs. Their single Radioactive earned them a Grammy award for best rock performance and peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 100 charts. Their newest hit, I Bet My Life has steadily climbed the charts for the last four weeks, and their current Smoke and Mirrors tour has packed concert venues and arenas across the United States.
But just in case Imagine Dragons is still not ringing a bell for you, have a listen here:
FOR PEOPLE WHO IMAGINED WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO SEE IMAGINE DRAGONS LIVE LONG BEFORE THEY CROSSED EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI
- Their live show does not disappoint. I’m glad I made the wise decision to buy extras and double fist my drinks right before their set went up, because I would not have wanted to leave the arena. Lead vocalist Dan Reynolds’ unique and dynamic baritone sounds exactly the same in person as it does through your headphones, and the band’s presence easily commanded the attention of every fan in the 100,000-seat venue.
- Deeply humble, relaxed, and thankful Dan Reynolds and his bandmates even took the time to call a fan that had been following their tour onto the stage. They had read each and every one of his tweets sent to the band, telling them he had followed their tour. Every band member gave him a warm hug. It was a heartwarming moment for fans new and old, as Imagine Dragons’ appreciation for their audience was a very palpable sentiment in the stadium.
- The band was careful to play all of their most beloved songs mixed with newer and less popular material, which was still expertly played and enjoyed by the hoards of devotees who lined the rows of stadium seats as well as the main floor. For a taste of their live sound, check out the video below:
FOR PEOPLE WHO BOUGHT TICKETS BECAUSE THEY LIKE THE SONG “RADIOACTIVE”
- They played it, obviously. But you would have walked away with a much more sincere appreciation for the band as artists if you were hearing any of their other songs as well. Shots, for example, is a deeply emotional yet upbeat story of regret that still manages to be catchy and represent the group’s signature flair.
- I didn’t know many of the songs on the Imagine Dragons set list before the concert, but I felt more than compelled to download new favorites from iTunes upon leaving the show (though I couldn’t immediately because my phone had died from taking too many Snap Chats).
- The band’s quartet kept the energy high as they engaged the audience with guitar solos and encouraged participation and interaction. The band created a positive feeling of connection and support, which made me like them even more.
FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE UNDER A ROCK AND SOMEHOW HAVE NOT HEARD ANY OF THEIR SONGS
- It was hard to pinpoint exactly who Imagine Dragons’ target audience was. The stadium was packed with all types of people, from fresh faced tweens sporting band t-shirts and plaid-clad Brooklynites in their twenties, to people who look a bit like my grandma. It was apparent that Imagine Dragons has a universal appeal, and that just about anyone can rock out to their poignant lyrics and catchy beats.
- This was the kind of concert where you could have brought your mom, your SO, or a group of friends and had an equally good time. Imagine Dragons provides easy listening and positive vibes that acclimate to most music tastes. If you haven’t heard of them yet, you can be sure you are going to, as they definitely won’t be leaving the radio waves any time soon.